ANDERSON, IND. -- Rose-Hulman advanced to the NCAA
Division III Baseball Tournament for the third consecutive season
with a 20-8 victory over Manchester College in the championship
game of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on
May 16, 2010.
The Fightin' Engineers rebounded after falling 13-9 in the
Saturday opener which forced a second championship game.
Rose-Hulman earned the extra chance at the tournament title after
defeating Manchester 10-9 in 11 innings on Friday.
Rose-Hulman broke open the championship game with 10 runs in the
eighth inning to turn a 10-1 lead into a 20-1 advantage.
Manchester scored once in the eighth and six times in the ninth to
close within the final margin.
Seniors Keenan Long (Park Ridge, Ill./Northwestern
University) (pictured) and Tim Tepe
(Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) shared HCAC Tournament Most
Valuable Player honors for Rose-Hulman. Long finished 10-19
with two doubles, two triples, 11 RBIs and seven runs scored over
the four-game tournament. Tepe compiled a 10-20 weekend with
eight runs scored, four doubles, one triple and one home run.
Sophomore Derek Dauenbaugh (Bloomington,
Ill./University), junior Andrew Oakley (Clinton
Township, Mich./Chippewa Valley) and junior Chris
Stemple (Mount Vernon) joined the duo on the
all-tournament squad. Dauenbaugh had a team-high 11 hits and
scored three runs. Oakley finished 2-0 with one save to play
a hand in all three victories, allowing one run in 9.1 innings of
work. Stemple batted .474 with nine hits, nine runs scored
and two doubles on the weekend.
The championship game featured Rose-Hulman scoring five runs in
the third inning and five more runs in the fourth to build an early
10-1 lead. The Engineers then smashed 10 consecutive hits to
start the eighth inning and score 10 runs to put the game out of
Sophomore Kirk Thompson (Harrisburg, Ill.)
provided the big blast in the third inning to start the offensive
effort. Thompson launched a three-run home run and smashed
four hits with a career-high five runs batted in to lead the
The eighth inning rally featured 10 straight hits by 10
different players to secure the tournament title. The effort
featured six singles, three doubles and one triple in succession as
the Engineers took advantage of a Spartans bullpen that had to
battle through five total games during the three days of tournament
Rose-Hulman players with three hits on the day included senior
Chandler Kent (Antioch, Ill.) with three signles
and three runs scored; Stemple with two singles, one double, four
RBIs and three runs scored; and Long with a single, double and
triple along with four RBIs.
Other Engineers with multiple hits included Dauenbaugh with a
double, single, one run and one RBI; Tepe with two singles, two
runs scored and two RBIs; freshman Donald Stopka
(Grayslake, Ill./Carmel Catholic) with two singles; and
junior Kreigh Williams (Ossian/Norwell) with two
singles and two runs scored.
The total offensive included 24 hits, and for the weekend
Rose-Hulman smashed a total of 79 hits at a .422 clip for four
The effort made a winner of Oakley, who tossed a strong 6.2
innings to earn his second win of the weekend. The
right-hander allowed four hits and pitched around six walks but
allowed just one run to improve to 6-1 on the season. He
tossed 2.1 scoreless innings to claim a win over Manchester on
In the opener on Saturday, Manchester overcame a fast start by
Rose-Hulman to claim a 13-9 victory. Rose-Hulman scored four
runs in the first and three in the second, but Manchester answered
with five runs in the second and five in the third to gain control
of the contest.
Brett Smalley tossed 3 2/3 innings to pick up the victory, and
Curtis Mallery tossed four scoreless innings for his second save to
secure a Manchester spot on the all-tournament team for his
Offensively, Kaz Kalita led Manchester with four hits and scored
two runs. Ty Foster blasted a grand slam and had five RBIs
for the Spartans.
For Rose-Hulman, Tepe smashed two doubles and a triple with four
RBIs and two runs scored to lead the offense in game one.
Dauenbaugh contributed three hits and one run to the
With the victory, Rose-Hulman advances to the NCAA Division III
Tournament for the third consecutive year and has won its second
straight HCAC Tournament championship. The Engineers received
an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2008.
Rose-Hulman will enter the tournament with a 29-12 record and
seeks its third straight 30-win season for the first time in